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2014 Events

AABA 2014 Holiday Party & Joy Drive for Catholic Charities Saturday, December 13, 2014 More Info AABA 2014 Holiday Party & Joy Drive for Catholic Charities

Come celebrate the holidays with your fellow AABA members and friends at our annual holiday party and bring joy to others by donating toys and warm clothes to Catholic Charities!

Saturday, December 13, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

El Tiempo Cantina
3130 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098
713-807-1600

This event is Free for AABA members and their families. Non-members: $20 per person. Kids under 12 are free. Families are welcome. Activities and treats for the kids.

Joy Drive for Catholic Charities

To help Catholic Charities, we are accepting the following donations: soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, books, school supplies, bath & body products, stuffed animals, dolls, board games, toy cars, blankets, socks and coats. All items should be unwrapped.

Please RSVP by 12.11.14 at www.aabahouston.com.

Please contact Social Committee Chair Robbie Carman at Robbie.Carman@tklaw.com with any questions.

2014 AABA Women Attorney's Retreat Saturday, November 15, 2014 More Info 2014 AABA Women Attorneys Retreat

Join your fellow AABA women attorneys for a special professional development opportunity, morning yoga, fashion show and designer shopping!

Date:
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time:
9:00am - 12:00pm

9:00am - 9:15am Registration
9:15am - 9:45am Yoga / Workplace Exercise Class
10:00am - 11:00am CLE Brunch
11:00am - 12:00pm Fashion Show and Designer Shopping

Place:
David Peck USA Flagship
2515 Morse Street
Houston, Texas 77019

Details:
Brunch is included.
1 hour CLE credit pending.
This event is free and is open to women attorneys only – thank you.

RSVP by 11/13/2014 at www.aabahouston.com.

Questions? Contact info@aabahouston.com.
2014 AABA Men's Retreat Saturday, November 15, 2014 More Info AABA Men's Retreat

Date:
Saturday, November 15th

Time:
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location:
Prohibition Supperclub and Bar
1008 Prairie St.
Houston, TX 77002
*This is a change of venue (originally at MassMutual office)*

Description:
"Whisking Tasting Seminar"
(Drinks and food provided) along with 1.0 hour CLE for "Best Practices of Successful Lawyers"

This event is free and open to male attorneys and law students only.

For additional information, please contact President-Elect Clinton Yu at: cyu@givensjohnston.com
AALDEF Election Protection Project Tuesday, November 4, 2014 More Info The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is currently seeking exit poll monitors for their 2014 Asian American Election Protection Project. If you would like to be a volunteer exit poll monitor, please visit the AALDEF website at: www.aaldef.net
10th Annual Corporate Counsel Dinner Thursday, October 30, 2014 More Info 10th Annual Corporate Counsel Dinner

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Keynote:
Robert (Rob) B. Task
Deputy General Counsel
Commercial, Marketing, Transportation and Business Development
Phillips 66

Time:
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Reception starts at 6:00 PM
Dinner & Program at 7:00 PM

Venue:
Smith & Wollensky
4007 Westheimer Road
Highland Village
Houston, Texas 77027

Tickets:
In-House Counsel: One complimentary ticket
Please RSVP directly with Debbie Yee at Debbie.Yee@lw.com

AABA members, guests and others: $100 per ticket.
Please pay online using the PayPal "Add to Cart" button below. Please add the name(s) in the "Special Instructions" section during checkout.

Deadline:
Please purchase RSVP and purchase tickets no later than October 27, 2014.

No tickets will be sold at the door.

Space is limited.

The Corporate Counsel Dinner is graciously underwritten by Gardere Wynne Sewell and Latham & Watkins.







Career Advancement for Asian Americans Thursday, October 23, 2014 More Info The AABA and BP Asian Network is pleased to co-sponsor this Asian American Professional Development Seminar

Title:
“Career Advancement for Asian Americans” - UC Hastings Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu

Description:
UC Hastings Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu, author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, will offer advice and counsel on professional development for Asian Americans. Named the most influential dean in legal education two years ago, Wu has broken through the glass ceiling: after practicing law with a major firm in San Francisco, his career in academe has included becoming the youngest law school dean in the nation, serving on major boards and government commissions, and making media appearances ranging from
Oprah to Bill O’Reilly to National Public Radio.

Date/Time:
Thursday, October 23, 2014
11:00 - 11:30 am - Registration (Please plan to arrive early to avoid lines at security desk.)
11:30 am – 11:45 am Safety brief/Opening remarks/Intro for Speaker
11:45 am– 12:45 pm Presentation
12:45 pm–1:00 pm Q&A

Location:
BP
501 Westlake Park Boulevard
Weslake 1 – Terrace Room
Houston, TX 77079

This event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP by October 17, 2014.
Basic Criminal Law for Non-Criminal Law Attorneys Thursday, October 16, 2014 More Info The AABA invites you to attend a free CLE program on “Basic Criminal Law for Non-Criminal Law Attorneys” featuring distinguished guest panelists:

The Honorable Judge Jay Karahan, Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 8.

Jason Luong, The Law Office of Jason Luong PLLC

Cost: Free.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Time: 11:30 to 1:00 pm

Lunch will be provided.

Place:
FosterQuan, LLP
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
18th Floor Conference Room
Houston, TX 77002

Parking is available in the parking garage at 601 Travis or at meters on street level.

*1.0 hour CLE credit (including 0.5 hours of ethics credit) approved*

RSVP online by Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at www.aabahouston.com.

Please contact Vice President of Programs Chris Lee at chris.lee@superiorenergy.com with questions.

2014 Annual Gala & Silent Auction - Celebrating 30 Years Friday, September 5, 2014 More Info Please join us in celebrating the Asian American Bar Association's 30th year anniversary.

Our distinguished keynote speaker will be:

Sandra Leung
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Master of Ceremonies:

Art Rascon
Emmy award winning reporter, ABC-13 News

Date & Location:

Friday, September 5, 2014
6:30 pm - Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 pm - Program and Dinner

Royal Sonesta Hotel
2222 West Loop S
Houston, Texas 77027

Black Tie Optional
$100 for Members; $125 for Non-members; $50 for Law Students
Please reserve your seats by 5:00pm September 2, 2014.

(Please indicate if you prefer a vegetarian meal.)

For questions, contact aaba.gala@gmail.com.






Purchase Tickets Here







CLE - Understanding the Grievance Process & Tips on How to Avoid a Malpractice Claim Thursday, August 14, 2014 More Info **CLE Accreditation Update**
This program has qualified for 1.0 hour of ethics credit.

Speaker Panel:

Donna Roth, The Law Offices of Donna Roth
Alex Roberts, Beck Redden LLP

Date and Time:

Thursday, August 14, 2014
5:30 - 6:30 PM Networking Reception
6:30 - 7:30 PM CLE Panel

Location:

Arcodoro (Galleria)
5000 Westheimer Rd., #120
Houston, Texas 77056

This event is free for members!

Appetizers, Desserts & Drinks will be provided.

Please RSVP by August 13th.
AABA Wills Clinic with HVL, VN Teamwork and BPSOS Saturday, June 14, 2014 More Info AABA/HVLP/VN Teamwork/Boat People SOS Wills Clinic
Saturday, June 14, 2015.

The AABA is proud to partner with Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, VN Teamwork, and Boat People SOS for the 2014 Wills Clinic. This annual event provides pro bono preparation of a Will, Medical Power of Attorney, Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, Directive to Physicians, HIPAA Release, and Declaration of Guardianship for qualified clients.

This year's clinic will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the VN Teamwork Center at 11210 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77072. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers.

TO VOLUNTEER:

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Albert Liou, Vice President of Community Relations at: aliou@jonesday.com.

ATTORNEY VOLUNTEER INFORMATION:

1. Wills Training Clinic training will be on April 30th and conducted by Peter Bennett at the law offices of Porter Hedges LLP from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. After training, attorneys can receive the questionnaire of their client(s) needing wills and estate planning documents prepared.

2. Any remaining questionnaires will be distributed to AABA volunteer attorneys via email. All questionnaires will be assigned to volunteer attorneys no later than Thursday, May 22, 2014. Each questionnaire will also include the client’s scheduled time slot for document execution during the Asian Wills Clinic.

3. The following six documents will be offered at this year’s Wills Clinic: Will, Medical Power of Attorney, Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, Directive to Physicians, HIPAA Release, and Declaration of Guardianship. If an applicant requests any document not provided, please direct the applicant to HVL for further legal services.

4. Volunteer attorneys will receive an Estate Planning Questionnaire filled out by applicants detailing their wishes as well as sample Estate/Incapacity Planning Documents to guide them through the drafting process. Documents should be drafted as accurately as possible with the information provided in the Estate Planning Questionnaire. Client interaction and interviews will not be necessary unless attorney feels comfortable speaking Vietnamese. Of course, not all applicants will want all six above-mentioned documents.

5. HVLP will also provide a packet containing sample estate planning forms to assist volunteer attorneys in drafting documents for their respective clients.

6. Volunteer attorneys should have all documents drafted and completed by Thursday, June 5, 2014. Volunteer attorneys should email copies of drafted documents to Tyrone.Lin@HVLPP.org or Christine.Truong@HVLPP.org for review.

Thank you to all of the attorney volunteers- this event would not be possible without your participation!
Habitat for Humanity - May 10, 2014 Saturday, May 10, 2014 More Info Date and Time:
May 10, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Please arrive at 7:00 a.m. for check-in. Our workdays start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. We ask volunteers to work the entire shift because we plan the build schedule around 25 volunteers working 7-8 hours, with appropriate breaks and lunch.

Location:
Harrel Park build site:
8229 Laura Koppe Road, Houston, Texas 77028

The subdivision is at the corner of Laura Koppe and Vista Oaks.

To navigate to the site using online maps or GPS, please use the following address: 8229 Laura Koppe Road, Houston, TX 77028 (http://goo.gl/maps/zOGo). All available parking will be on Laura Koppe Rd. Habitat representatives will greet and direct you to the Houston Bar Association house.

Check-in:
All volunteers must sign in at the construction site and provide a signed waiver of liability

Weather:
Always check the Worksite & Weather Information Line at 713-671-9993 Opt. 4. This phone message is updated the morning of each build day by 6:00 a.m., and includes driving directions and pertinent weather advisories.

Tools:
Habitat will provide tools for build date, but volunteers are encouraged to bring the tools referenced in the attached volunteer packet.

Food:
Refreshments will be provided each morning and drinking water will always be readily available. There is a lunch hour. Catering arrangements have been made by our generous sponsors to provide lunch for volunteers.

Construction Day Schedule
7:00-7:30 a.m. Registration
7:30-8:15 a.m. Orientation
8:15–11:30 a.m. Morning tasks
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. LUNCH
12:30-2:30 p.m. Afternoon tasks & Clean up

Want to volunteer?
There is a limit of 20 volunteers for this project and availability is on a first come first served basis.

Volunteer Forms:
A "Volunteer Toolkit" can be downloaded on the Houston Habitat for Humanity website (right side column):

http://www.houstonhabitat.org/volunteer

The last two pages of the "Volunteer Toolkit" includes an Adult Waiver and Minor Waiver that will need to be completed. Please have the forms completed prior to your arrival at the site.

Contact:
To volunteer, please contact Albert Liou, Vice President of Community Relations at: aliou@jonesday.com
CLE Program: Attorney Volunteer Training and Orientation for Wills Clinic at Porter Hedges LLP Wednesday, April 30, 2014 More Info Volunteer Attorney Training

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Porter Hedges LLP
1000 Main Street, 36th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002

*1.5 Hours CLE credit pending

Lunch will be provided courtesy of Porter Hedges LLP.

Please note that parking is available in the firm's building, and validation is available at the receptionist's desk.

Attorneys, please register online.
Solo & Small Firm Committee Networking Reception Thursday, April 24, 2014 More Info Everyone is welcome to the Solo & Small Firm Networking Reception. Please join us for a private reception in the bar and outside patio at this hot new restaurant. Small bites & drinks will be provided.

Location:
Kuu Restaurant
947 Gessner Rd. #A180
Houston, TX 77024

Date:
April 24, 2014

Time:
5:30 p.m.
2014 Minority Mixer with the AABA, HisBA, and MABAH Thursday, March 13, 2014 More Info Minority Mixer

Sponsored by:
AABA, Hispanic Bar Association (HisBA) & Mexican American Bar Association of Houston (MABAH)

Come meet and mingle with our friends from HisBA and MABAH over free drinks and appetizers!

WHEN:
Thursday, March 13, 2014
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Batanga, 908 Congress, Houston, Texas 77002

RSVP at www.aabahouston.com by March 12, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Brendon Singh at brendon.singh@ctsattorneys.com or Robbie Carman at robbie.carman@tklaw.com.
Mentor/Mentee Speed Networking Wednesday, March 5, 2014 More Info To participate, please complete a mentor/mentee application.

Applications can be found on the website in the "Resources" tab above under "Downloads" or in our February 2014 newsletter

Date:
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Time:
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Registration/Reception
6:00 pm: Networking Event Begins

Location:
South Texas College of Law
Emilie Slohm Room
(Fred Parks Law Library, 6th Floor)
1303 San Jacinto
Houston, Texas 77002

Please RSVP online at www.aabahoston.com
2014 HBA/AABA Law Day Poster Contest Saturday, February 22, 2014 More Info You are invited to participate in the 2014 Houston Law Day Poster Contest! Winners in each grade level will receive $200 (1st place), $90 (2nd place), or
$40 (3rd place). Selected posters will be displayed in Houston Downtown court houses and office buildings.

A FREE poster-making workshop will be held on:

Saturday, February 22, 2014
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Chinese Community Center
(Downstairs Activity Room)
9800 Town Park
Houston, Texas 77036

Grade Levels: K-8th grades may participate.

Cost: FREE!

Poster materials, art supplies, and lunch will be provided for all participants. The special guest speaker will be Harris County Criminal Judge Margaret Harris, who will be speaking about the importance of the American justice system.

The theme for the 2014 Poster Contest is “American Democracy & The Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” Completed posters will be submitted to the Houston Bar Association for entry into the official Poster Contest.

For questions about this event, please email aliou@jonesday.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
AABA is seeking volunteers for the Law Day Poster Contest on February 22, 2014.

If you are interested, please contact Albert Liou at aliou@jonesday.com.
Yellow Magazine Lunar New Year Celebration Thursday, February 20, 2014 More Info Please come celebrate the Year of the Horse with Yellow Magazine and the AABA at Yellow Magazine’s Lunar New Year Celebration!

WHERE:

Momentum BMW Southwest
10002 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77074
800.714.2479

WHEN:

Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:30 - 9:00 PM

This event is free! RSVP directly to Yellow Magazine: event@yellowmags.com

2014 Lunar New Year Celebration Saturday, February 8, 2014 More Info Join the AABA in celebrating the Year of the Horse!

Families are welcome!

WHERE:
Fung's Kitchen
7320 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77074

WHEN:
Saturday, February 8, 2014
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm

COST:
$10/person for AABA members
$20/person for non-members
Free for children 12 and under

REGISTRATION:
RSVP online at www.aabahouston.com by
February 1, 2014

QUESTIONS:
Contact our Social Committee Co-Chairs:
Brendan Singh at brendon.singh@ctsattorneys.com
Robbie Carman at robbie.carman@tklaw.com

PAYMENT:






2014 Lunar New Year Celebration Payment Link





AABA Annual Membership Meeting & Kickoff Dinner Wednesday, January 29, 2014 More Info Come learn about exciting programs, share your ideas for how the AABA can better serve you and celebrate the New Year with your AABA officers, board members, committee co-chairs, and fellow members.

WHERE:
Maggiano’s
2019 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77056
(713) 961-3565

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
6:30 p.m. – Check-In / Reception
6:45 p.m. – Annual Membership Meeting and Membership Sign-Up
7:00 p.m. – Dinner Served

COST:
The Annual Members Meeting is no cost.
Dinner is $20 for AABA Members / $40 for Non-Members

PAYMENT:





AABA Kickoff Dinner Payment






REGISTRATION:
Please RSVP by 01/27/2014.
Space is limited.

Don’t forget to renew your membership online at www.aabahouston.com or at the Annual Members Meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!